Why Choose a Career in Massage?
Why do people choose massage therapy as a profession? The answer and reason is as varied as the number of people who choose the profession.
Whether the decision is to "help people", to "join he holistic healthcare industry", to "control your own destiny" or simply to "earn some extra money", massage therapy continues to be a fast growing industry.
Massage therapy can be a very rewarding and flexible career path. According to American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), today's massage therapists are most likely to enter the massage profession as a second career. Many are coming from other forms of healthcare. Many have received and benefited from massage and as a result find they want to enter the industry. Many are looking for a kinder, gentler way to live their live and still earn an income.
While the use of massage therapy continues to grow, the reasons why people turn to massage therapy are also expanding. More and more people recognize massage as an important element in their overall health and wellness. There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (medical, pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (pain relief, relaxation, a luxurious treat, stress relief), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20% from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations.